Ulla Kruhse-Lehtonen and Dirk Hofmann, co-founders of DAIN Studios, give their thoughts on the AI in Action podcast.
AI in Action is a the podcast that breaks down the hype and explores the impact that Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are making on our everyday lives.
In the episode, Ulla and Dirk will tell you about:
- How AI and Machine Learning has impacted Dain Studios
- Helping organisations undergo a Digital Transformation
- Challenges to be aware of when applying AI in your business
- Educating businesses on how to add real value using AI and Data Science
- Misconceptions about Artificial Intelligence
- AI trends to keep an eye on in 2019
About Ulla Kruhse-Lehtonen
Ulla started her career as a micro-economist and moved into management and economics consulting, focusing on a variety of topics such as supply chain optimization, telco billing systems, analytical CRM, and econometric evaluations of international organizations. She made the move to the client side in 2008.
Since then, Ulla has launched, developed, and led Consumer Analytics functions in two large companies. At Nokia, she established the global Consumer Analytics Department with over 30 data scientists, providing support in sales and marketing, supply chain, and product analytics to Nokia’s 70+ local operations.
At Sanoma, as Vice President for Consumer Analytics and Insights, Ulla established and led the Analytics Center of Excellence, a 45-person unit operating in Finland and the Netherlands serving Sanoma’s media and learning business.
In 2013, Ulla was nominated the Information Leader of the Year in Finland. She holds a PhD in Economics from the Helsinki School of Economics/ Aalto University.
In March 2018, Business Insider named Ulla as one of the “32 coolest and most influential women in Nordic Tech.“
Dirk is a veteran in the consumer electronics industry having acted in various product, marketing, and strategy roles at Siemens, BenQ, Nokia, and Deutsche Telekom.
He has implemented corporate-wide, customer-centric innovation programs including world-wide customer panels, Think Tanks and Trend Research Networks. At Nokia, he was in charge of setting up and leading the company-wide, 60+ MEUR Consumer Data & Interaction Program as part of Nokia’s digital strategy in late 2000’s.
Currently Dirk works with companies such as Volkswagen, Lufthansa, Red Bull, Siemens, and many others in the area of digital transformation, business model disruption and innovation management. He defines and drives their transformation effort and implementation programs. Digital transformation, Internet of Things and Big Data have been on Dirk’s agenda far before they became buzzwords. Dirk has a MA in Media Science, Psychology and Economics from the Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich.